A pivotal series in Houston between the Astros and Texas Rangers was taken by Astros on Sunday after a 4-2 victory. Houston won two of the three, also taking the matchup on Saturday by a score of 9-7.

The Astros moved within 2 and a half games within the AL West leaders, a position Houston found itself in for a good majority of the season.

The Rangers simply got hot and have stayed hot, playing lights out defense via the bullpen and supplying offense when needed. The Astros were able to keep the bats relatively cool and exploit just enough of the Rangers pitching staff to earn the series win.

Dallas Keuchel won his fifteenth game at home Sunday, going undefeated at Minute Maid Park this year. He also set a franchise record for most strikeouts by a lefty for the 'Stros with 213.

Collin McHugh didn't have to do much on Saturday, but earned his 18th win, as Derek Holland was knocked around by the Houston offense and forced to an early exit. Houston put together a charge of six homers Saturday afternoon.

Friday, the Rangers used the arms of Yovani Gallardo and Ross Ohlendorf to yield only two runs to the Astros, as the boys in blue bombarded Scott Kazmir to the tune of 6-2.

For the Rangers, Detroit and Los Angeles lie in wait, while the Astros will take a road trip to Seattle then Arizona.